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Wine, nature, vibrant city life, and bountiful, beautiful beaches – what’s not to love about Western Australia? The largest state in the country, WA features everything from expansive desert areas in the east to a refreshing, glittering coastline in the west. Toward to the southwestern corner of that coastline sits the capital city of Perth, an optimal holiday destination for visitors of all ages and interests.
Despite being home to the fourth-largest population in the country, perhaps one of the best things about Perth is how much freedom you and your fellow travellers can have at any given time. Unlike the seaside hubs of Sydney and Gold Coast, which can be packed with tourists and locals alike, or other wine regions around the country, Perth’s spacious areas give you room to breathe, relax, and soak up your surroundings. This scenic serenity combines with a percolating nightlife to establish a location with a bit of everything. DriveNow’s car hire in Perth can bring you closer to all of it without all the headaches that come with traditional car rental services.
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Booking online is hassle-free. Specify your dates of travel and desired pickup location, choose from a wide selection of Perth hire cars, and confirm your rental to lock in the best available rate. Once you’re done, DriveNow will email you an instant booking confirmation direct to your inbox. If you prefer to pick up your rental car directly from the airport, check our Perth Airport page for the best deals.
Driving tips for you and your hire car in Perth
Perth is a great city to use as a base for exploring some of Western Australia’s best attractions. Whether you’re an Aussie or a first time visitor, it’s always good to know what to expect when driving in on new turf. Here are a few driving tips to keep you and your Perth rental car on the straight and narrow.
Australia is a giant country, and driving to Perth from cities like Sydney or Melbourne could take up a sizeable chunk of your trip! The most popular option for self-drive travellers is to fly into Perth Airport and pick up your hire car there. Then if you wish to travel other cities afterwards, just hop on an internal flight and book a new vehicle in your next destination.
To drive in Western Australia you must have a valid driver’s license and carry it with you at all times when driving. If your license is written in any language other than English, make sure to translate it into English before picking up your vehicle.
Parking in the centre of Perth is fairly expensive, and the time restrictions on your length of parking stay are shorter than many other cities. If you are planning on staying in an apartment or hotel in Perth, check whether your accommodation includes free parking, as this could make your life a lot easier! If you need to park elsewhere in the CBD for longer than a few hours, look for multi storey car parks as they come with less time restrictions.
The Best Places to Stay in Perth
There are dozens of awesome accommodation options all over Perth, Fremantle, and other surrounding areas. Here are a few highlights, fit for those looking for something slightly more upscale or out of the ordinary.
This funky addition to the Perth hotel scene has been welcomed with open arms by locals and visitors alike. Breathing some new life into the accommodation scene, the Alex Hotel offers hip, lively digs for you and your fellow travellers. There are 74 rooms from which to choose, with those on the west side treated to a breathtaking view of the city. That being said, it might not make much a difference where your room is, as the building’s rooftop terrace and the bar in the lobby are great spaces to hang regardless of your personal lodgings.
The Alex is especially great for those travelling alone. The vibrant shared spaces are not only comfy and cool to relax in, but also breed interactivity between guests, which can lead to everything from a solid recommendation from a local, to travelling or dining and drinking companions for the day.
Como the Treasury
A building that once was home to pencil pushers toiling away at post office and accounting jobs has been transformed into stunning, romantic holiday accommodation in Perth. Como the Treasury, just off of St Georges Terrace between Pier Street and Barrack Street, houses 48 rooms of contemporary luxury. If you don’t feel like hopping in your Perth car rental and heading to the beach, you can enjoy the spectacular indoor pool or browse the sensational spa packages available to guests within the hotel.
Boasting “luxury Fremantle accommodation for the mobile and modern citizen right in the heart of Fremantle,” the Hougoumont Hotel is worth the effort that comes with trying to pronounce it correctly when your friends ask you where you stayed on your trip. The hotel’s name originated from a ship, the last to ferry convicts to Australia, built in Burma. The ship itself was named after the location of the Battle of Waterloo. Despite the origins of the name, we can just about guarantee your stay at this classy, boutique Fremantle hotel will be much nicer than the boat trips of yore. And with your Perth car rental, you’ll have no issue getting to and from this fun spot.
Crown Metropole Perth
From one of the most trusted names in Australian accommodation comes the Crown Metropol Perth. This giant, extravagant hotel has everything you need to enjoy a fantastic holiday, from award-winning restaurants such as Rockpool and Nobu to a live theatre and the action and excitement of the Crown Perth, the city’s only casino. The resort sits across the Swan River from the CBD, but that’s no issue with DriveNow’s cheap car rental in Perth. You can cover the 5-6kms (3-4 miles) in 10-15 minutes.
What to Do in Perth
One of the things that makes Perth so great is its mix of attractions and neighbourhoods providing everything from walking paths to the hottest and hippest places to hang out. Here are just a few highlights to make some time for if possible.
This district of Perth isn’t for everybody, but if you’re a younger traveller or love being around the louder, more rambunctious nightlife, Northbridge could be the perfect place for you. The revitalisation of this section of Perth has seen a younger crowd flock to the hip, happening collection of bars and restaurants. Even if you don’t decide to stay in the aforementioned Alex Hotel, Northbridge is still a perfect place for a night out with mates. You can enjoy everything from the vintage style and boutique cocktails of Ezra Pound and the Mechanics Institute to the live tunes flowing out of William Street’s the Bird.
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
If you want a taste of the outdoors but don’t feel like going the sandy route, look no further than Perth’s amazing Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Just a short walk from downtown Perth, this green oasis is home to dozens of amazing walking paths and vibrant blooms sure to satisfy the senses. Going toe-to-toe with any other inner city park in the world, Kings Park draws in more than 6 million visitors a year. Go for a walk or jog, a picnic or to bask in the incredible views of the Perth skyline or the Swan River, which sit beneath this beautiful, elevated public space.
Hit the Beaches
There’s no two ways about it: Perth is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches. Even better, unlike Sydney’s highly touted Manly and Bondi, you might not have as much trouble when looking for a place to drop your blankets and beach towels. The two standouts are Cottesloe and Scarborough, which do tend to attract quite a number of people looking for fun in the sun. However, there are plenty of others from which to choose if you’re looking for something a bit more secluded. If you fancy a snorkel, check out Mettams Pool, located near the intersection of Giles Street and West Coast Drive. There you’ll find an amazing ecosystem of marine life and flat water that makes it a suitable swimming spot for splish-splashers of most ages and abilities. Or you can make the trip out to The Basin off of Rottnest Island (more on that a bit later). Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
Where to Eat and Drink in Perth
When it comes to eating and drinking in Perth, the sheer variety of high quality eateries and watering holes mean you won’t have to look to far to find a bite, pint or cuppa. Just remember to leave the rental car at home if heading out for those adult beverages!
With a name like that, how could you not want to get down on some of these delicious grilled sandwiches? While the moniker is enough of a reason for us, Toastface Grillah treads on more than the words on the side of the building, managing to turn relatively simple toasted sandwiches into an art form. This is a great place to grab a breakfast toastie before you hop in your rental car and head out for your perfect Perth day.
Cottesloe Beach Hotel
Imagine your favourite pub. Now imagine it bigger, located in Perth’s sublime Mediterranean climate, and sitting just across the road from Cottesloe Beach coast with all the shimmering blue glory of the Indian Ocean stretched out in front of it. That image you’ve got dancing in your head? That’s the Cottesloe Beach Hotel. Nestled between John Street and Warnham Road on Marine Parade, this spot is a favourite of locals. Boasting a history that stretches back to its opening in 1905, the hotel’s got areas for the stylish crowd, those looking to relax with some tasty food and quality drink, and an area for those looking to quench their thirst and grab a feed after a frolic in the ocean. The CBH really goes off at the end of the week, hosting one of the finer Sunday sessions in the area.
Little Creatures Brewhouse
Little Creatures has grown from a collection of mates brewing hoppy American Pale Ale in a huge shed on a crocodile farm in Fremantle in 1999 into one of the most revered breweries in all of Australia. Luckily for you, you can get your sips straight from the source next time you find yourself in WA. The Great Hall is the place to go for a few frothies and some pizza while surrounded by the production that goes into making such tasty beer. Or you can hop into the Brewhouse to learn more about the different LC beers on offer or take a tour.
Little Olive Leaf Café
South of the Swan River, in the town of Willagee, sits the Little Olive Leaf Café and its delectable range of yummy muffins and quaint outdoor garden seating. This family-run spot is a perfect place to grab a quick snack and a cup of java.
Where to Go in and Around Perth
One of the best things about holidaying in Perth is that it can be a perfect launching pad for larger adventures. This is why it’s so vital to organise a Perth car hire or campervan rental. Doing so gives you easier access to these amazing trips, some of which can be done in a day and others that deserve a bit more time.
One of the most popular reasons for flying into Perth Airport and hiring a rental car is to make a beeline for the Margaret River region, home to some of Australia’s finest wineries. This area, which stretches for about 100km (62 miles) from Cape Naturaliste down to Cape Leeuwin, has become one of the hottest spots for wine in the whole country.
If the area is your first port of call, you’ll want to pick up your hire car at Perth Airport and head due south down the west coast. Make your way to State Route 2 for about 150km before hopping onto State Route 10. You’ll cruise on that for about 100km (93 miles) until you hit the Margaret River region.
From there, the world is your vino-covered oyster, especially if you are fond of cab sauv and chardonnay, two varieties for which the Margaret River region is known for. With dozens of incredible farmers and producers ready and waiting for you to swing by and have a few swirls and swigs, the number of stops on your great Western Australia wine tour is limited only by you and your schedule. There are heaps of amazing purveyors that can get you the grapes you need, though we’re a bit partial to Cullen Wines and Leeuwin Estate.
The seaside location of Fremantle provides another vantage point of the great lifestyle that characterises the more populous regions of Western Australia’s west coast. Approximately 20km (12 miles) from Perth, you can hop in your hire car and be in this tremendous city in about a half hour.
Once you’re there, it’s on you to learn why Lonely Planet named it one of the best cities in the world to visit in 2016. Toward the water sits the Docklands district, which features plenty of great attractions. You can take your rental car down Mews Road for easy access to all the action. Grab a few drinks and learn a bit at the Little Creatures brewery, get some fish and chips into you at Fisherman’s Wharf, or head toward the water to check out what all the fuss is about at the revitalised Docklands precinct. The Maritime Museum is well worth a visit, too.
Further inland sits the Cappuccino Strip, spanning from the corner of Bannister Street to Parry Street. Here you’ll have no shortage of choice if you’re looking for a café or pub. You’ll find iconic places such as the Sail and Anchor and the Monk Brewery and Kitchen, as well as holes in the wall pumping out beautiful mugs of coffee and tasty treats. The party continues into the night with thousands heading out for live music and comedy on the strip. At the southern end of the range are the Fremantle Markets. Step into the beautiful Victorian-era heritage building and marvel at more than 100 stalls featuring food, clothing, and handmade goods.
Sensing a theme here? The beauty of Perth and its surrounds is something that should be taken advantage of by any visitor, and Point Walter is a great place to do so. Another area unlocked to you and fellow travellers by car rental in Perth, Point Walter sits in Bicton, on the south side of the Swan River toward the west where it flows into the Indian Ocean. You can hop in for a swim, do a bit of fishing, rent some nearby paddle boards and test your balance or fire up one of the many grills dotting the area around the river and get your Australia on with a good old fashioned BBQ.
Chill with the Quokkas on Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island sits due west of Perth, floating in the Indian Ocean in anticipation of you coming over to play. Perfect for a day trip or a longer stay in one of many luxurious options, “Rotto” gives you a chance to leave your hire car in Perth and enjoy a day out in the wild.
How to Get to Rottnest Island
To get to the island you’ll hop aboard the Rottnest Express, which transports thousands of adventure seekers to the area each year quickly and comfortably. In less than an hour you’ll cruise through the Indian Ocean before disembarking for your island adventure. You can hop on board at the Barrack Street jetty in Perth or start your voyage further south from the B-Shed and Northport pick-up spots in Fremantle. As you can imagine, locals and visitors alike flood the island in the summertime, especially during school holidays, but don’t let that scare you off. There’s plenty of space to explore and discover the island even when others are doing the same. On the flip side, don’t let the calendar scare you off. Different times of the year offer different attractions.
What to Do on Rottnest Island
Perhaps the best thing about Rottnest Island is that you can make what you want of it.
Want to just kick back and relax on some secluded beachy areas? Go for your life. Looking to strap on a helmet and cruise the island on two wheels? Go for it. Perth car rental from DriveNow isn’t your only transportation option for your holiday, as convenient bike rental from the Rottnest Express gives you what you need to scratch that cycling itch.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find the most adorable quokka on the island and grab a photo with it. Rotto is the place to find these magnificent marsupials, but we strongly suggest you resist the urge to stuff one in your backpack even though, yes, they are the cutest things we’ve ever seen! If you work up a sweat, just hop in the ocean and have a snorkel at The Basin, located on the northeast coast of the island. Rottnest is a fantastic spot to be active, be chilled or be a combination of both.
Where to Stay on Rottnest Island
While we would never argue with spending a packed day on Rottnest Island, there are so many awesome opportunities to explore and play that stretching your trip overnight could be the best move. If you decide you do want an extended stay, there are plenty of different options from which you can choose when it comes to setting up base for a day or two.
Most of the best accommodation is located on the northeastern portion of the island. There you’ll find everything from luxurious hotels and boutique cottages dotting the coast and providing breathtaking ocean views. Or, if your tastes aren’t quite as high society, you can find much more affordable, basic accommodation in the form of cabins and camping areas.
Where to Eat and Drink on Rottnest Island
If you’re lucky enough to get to the island early, it’s hard to pass up the Rottnest Bakery as your first stop. This now iconic eatery pumps out freshly baked bread every day, using only locally sourced ingredients from the island to craft loaf after loaf of deliciousness. Scrumptious pies are certain to satisfy the heartier crowd, while other bakery staples (including coffee, of course) can also be purchased and devoured.
If you want another dose of cute quokka action, the Quokka’s Arms at the Rottnest Hotel can deliver it. Sit down for a cold, frosty pint and some pub grub as the little beauties meander around looking for scraps. Human food is dangerous for quokkas to ingest, so be sure to keep your crumbs to yourself! Of course, you might not even notice the little buggers, as it can be tough to rip your eyes away from the incredible ocean views the hotel offers.
While other capital cities such as Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide are certainly fantastic vacation destinations with a bevy of delightful destinations well worth the time, don’t forget about what the wild and wonderful west of Australia has to offer. With car hire from DriveNow at Perth Airport and throughout the great city, you can have a taste of the sun, sand, and sea as well as the incredible flavours of a fantastic wine region at your feet.